In the wake of tragedy, neither Lazlo nor Sarai are who they were before. One a god, the other a ghost, they struggle to grasp the new boundaries of their selves as dark-minded Minya holds them hostage, intent on vengeance against Weep. Lazlo faces an unthinkable choice—save the woman he loves, or everyone else?—while Sarai feels more helpless than ever. But is she? Sometimes, only the direst need can teach us our own depths, and Sarai, the muse of nightmares, has not yet discovered what she's capable of. As humans and godspawn reel in the aftermath of the citadel's near fall, a new foe shatters their fragile hopes, and the mysteries of the Mesarthim are resurrected: Where did the gods come from, and why? What was done with thousands of children born in the citadel nursery? And most important of all, as forgotten doors are opened and new worlds revealed: Must heroes always slay monsters, or is it possible to save them instead? Love and hate, revenge and redemption, destruction and salvation all clash in this gorgeous sequel to the New York Times bestseller, Strange the Dreamer.
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Muse continues straight after those tragic events of Strange (I am still not over that ending.. not even a year on!). As humans are now aware that the much feared Godspawn are alive and now live in fear, the Gods and Goddesses must adjust to living out side of their precious citadel. However the incredible villain Minya has over idea's, which her incredible powers she expertly holds Sarai hostage and thereby Lazlo.
What I loved most about this was everyone's character arc, they were so detailed and complex, I ended up sympathising and rooting for characters I didn't necessarily trust in book one. Also what were once secondary characters now got a lot more page time to my delight, I was fascinated with Thyon Nero and lo and behold he got a lot more page time - his own POV yay! And now I just demand that he gets his own book because it was nowhere near enough page time, although I definitely thinks this is Laini's writing style, she gets us hooked from a few beautiful chapters!
Muse definitely took a darker turn, there was so much blood shed and heartbreak and I confess I did actually shed a tear or ten. There are just so many arcs and plots going on at once and Laini effortlessly brings them together in one epic climax which leaves you as the reader stunned.
Once again Laini just proves that she deserves that most coveted spot on your favourites shelf. Readers will be utterly transfixed by this instalment in what I hope is not an end and that'll she'll turn to this world in the not to far future... because I am definitely not prepared to leave the world of Weep!
MUSE OF NIGHTMARES opens with two new characters, Kora and Nova who help tie the past of weep and it’s future together. What I love about Laini’s books is the way she takes all these stories and weaves them together to create this incredible world full of suffering, grief, and pain but also one filled with love, light, and healing. Muse paints this story of horrible sacrifice and the ways in which those who are left behind choose to survive. The characters while deeply flawed are also complex and get to the deepest root of what makes all of us human.
Muse of Nightmares picks up after Strange, but it takes the story to another level. It takes us back and forth from past to present until the two stories collide and you finally learn what happened to the lost city all those years ago. And here is what I love about Laini she takes two different stories, adds new characters and seamlessly ties it all together. Giving us stories that are incredibly hard to stop thinking about and characters that burrow their way into our hearts and souls. Laini, in my opinion, has always been one of the greatest storytellers I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading.
I don’t want to spoil anything either but by the end I loved Thyon and I felt for Minya. Which was surprising but also not that surprising. If anyone can get me to fall in love with a character I previously disliked it would be Laini. In my opinion, I don’t think we got enough of either character and I would love to see them in future stories. And if the ending of Muse is any indication there are more worlds and more stories and I can’t wait to see what Laini does next. Whether in this world or a different I can’t wait to see what brilliance comes out of that mind of hers.
One thing I do want to mention is trigger warnings for abuse, implied rape, death, torture, human trafficking, PTSD, child abuse.
Overall, this is the one time in my life where I wish a duology was longer. Which never happens but I have never gone into a Laini book and come out without taking a piece of her stories with me. Strange the Dreamer and Muse of Nightmares far exceeded anything I had ever thought or hoped for and I wish I could go back in time and be able to read it again for the first time. If you haven’t picked up Strange I highly highly recommend it. It’s a beautiful story that will change every piece of you.